Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., Chairman
Harry R. Jacobson, M.D. is Chairman of MedCare Investment Funds and TriStar Technology Ventures.
He was formerly Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University and the CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).
consists of a Medical School, Nursing School
, and health care system.
During Dr. Jacobson's
eleven year tenure, VUMC revenues grew from $750 million to $2.5 billion, its Federally-funded
(NIH) research program moved from 24th to the top ten in the country, it opened over $1.0 billion of newly constructed facilities, it was recognized as a "most-wired" hospital as well as a U. S. News
and World Report honor-roll hospital, and, most recently, as a Fortune 100 top place to work.
Prior to assuming the role of Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jacobson was, among other things, Chief of the Division of Nephrology at the Medical School and VUMC for over 14 years.
Dr. Jacobson has been a successful investor and entrepreneur having founded or co-founded ten companies.
In addition, in his
role at VUMC
participated in the oversight of technology transfer operations which resulted in the creation of over 30 companies.
Notable co-founded companies include Contact Software (the developer of Act!, the world's leading contact management software), acquired by Symantec
(SYMC:NASDAQ); Renal Care Group
(RCG:NYSE), a leading dialysis service company, acquired recently by Fresenius
(FMS:NYSE); Ambulatory Services of America (currently privately held), a diversified outpatient ancillary services provider, currently providing dialysis and radiation oncology services; CeloNova Biosciences
, a medical device company with 2 CE-approved and IFDA-approved products (coronary stent and embolic microspheres).
Dr. Jacobson has been both a formal and informal advisor to several venture and private equity funds.
Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of Kinetic Concepts (KCI:NYSE) and Merck (MRK:NYSE), as well as Device Innovation Group and Diabetes Care Group.
In 2002 he
was named the Ernst and Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently ranked No. 35 on Modern Physician's ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.